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Timothée Chalamet Spotted As Willy Wonka As He Films Upcoming Prequel

The upcoming movie also stars Olivia Colman, Sally Hawkins, Keegan-Michael Key, Natasha Rothwell, Matt Lucas, and Rowan Atkinson.

Dune actor starred as a younger version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory character Willy Wonka in the upcoming film titled Wonka. And recently, Timothée Chalamet was photographed filming in Oxford, England working on a scene with costar Calah Lane. Wonka is being directed by Paddington filmmaker Paul King.

However, in October, Chalamet told TIME that he’d done some recording at London’s iconic Abbey Road studio for the movie. Dune star added about the movie at the time, “It’s not mining the darker emotions in life. It’s a celebration of being off-center and of being okay with the weirder parts of you that don’t quite fit in.”

Willy Wonka, the character created by author Roald Dahl, has previously been portrayed on the big screen by Gene Wilder in a 1971 classic and Johnny Depp in the 2005 Tim Burton adaptation. Unrelated to this project, Netflix is also working on a “series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with Oscar-winner Taika Waititi, as per People.

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The upcoming movie also stars Olivia Colman, Sally Hawkins, Keegan-Michael Key, Natasha Rothwell, Matt Lucas, and Rowan Atkinson. In July, stars of the original Willy Wonka movie musical told the outlet that they were excited to see the new iteration. “As Julie likes to say, ‘There’s room for all of us. We can all play well together in the sandbox,'” Peter Ostrum, who played Charlie Bucket, said at the time. “And the prequel will shed more light on early Wonka.”

Peter Ostrum continues, “But again, there’s been so many different versions of Willy Wonka, be it on Broadway, opera, a pinball machine… you can’t kill the Willy Wonka story.” “So all of it is good. It’s a great story. And people enjoy whatever different version they’re watching; it’s fun to watch. So I think we’re all looking forward to the prequel,” he added. Wonka is scheduled to release on March 17, 2023.

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